Share Your Pharmacy Pet Peeves

MAY 01, 2007

It is no secret that pet peeves come with any profession. Pharmacy Times wants to know what ticks you off. In each issue of our ePharmacy Times newsletter, we will continue our ongoing list of pharmacists' complaints. Perhaps you'll identify with one and nod your head in agreement because you're not alone. Please e-mail your complaints along with your name to Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos at Here are some pet peeves pharmacists have submitted:

36. Dealing with a patient who insists that we are in cahoots with the insurance company that has set the high copay and deductible for the medication.?L. Buckles

37. Having nonpharmacists as pharmacy district managers.

38. Dealing with patients who call in to tell me that they have ordered their medication from the Internet, but the pills don't look like they normally do. Then they want me to help them figure out what it is they really got. Of course, these have come from a foreign country, and the shape and markings don't match anything we have in the United States.?Shawna Beaver

39. Having to spend hundreds of dollars stocking the new and improved version of yesterday's blockbuster drugs just because the manufacturer is protecting itself from profit losses due to patent expirations.

40. Encountering patients who think it's your job to call their insurance company to figure out why their ID is no longer valid.?Jill Ponce